SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A North Texas deputy driving a male inmate to a mental health clinic says he fatally shot the inmate after he took the deputy's Taser gun in an escape bid.
According to a Grayson County Sheriff's Office statement, the unidentified deputy was driving inmate Nathan Gene Pierce to a Wichita Falls clinic on Thursday under an emergency detention order. Just outside Henrietta, a struggle between the two broke out as the 32-year-old Southmayd man made his escape bid.
At some point in the struggle, Pierce took the deputy's stun weapon and the deputy shot him once. Pierce was taken to a Wichita Falls hospital, where he died.
Sheriff's officials aren't revealing the deputy's identity. Texas Rangers and Clay County sheriff's deputies are investigating the incident.